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Description

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone?

Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world forever. And that's an understatement if ever there was one....

The Long Earth is the first novel in an exciting new collaboration between the creator of Discworld, Terry Pratchett, and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter.

©2012 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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Global

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  • Global
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  • Amy W
  • 28/06/2012

World and not Character Building

I own all of Terry Pratchett's books and this book was a huge disappointment. The Long Earth is obviously meant to be part of a series, and this novel was full of pointless information that did not add to the story, and there was very little character development or humor. The first half of the book should have been edited down to an introductory chapter. This book in no way resembles a book written by Terry Prachett but science fiction fans who enjoy books such as Larry Niven’s, The Ringworld will enjoy it.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • ktkat1949
  • 29/06/2012

Was expecting a lot more

Like Shirley I own all of Terry's books. I was very disappointed in this one. Way too long and draggy. Did not live up to the advance publicity or even what I thought it was going to be about. I would not recommend nor will I bother with the rest of the series. I will wait patiently for the next Discworld novel to arrive.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • dub
  • 27/07/2012

Bits of Pratchett like chocolate chip on cardboard

I adore the prose of Pratchett, which is the only thing keeping the review from being 'one star'. It's sprinkled through this mess like curls of dark chocolate throughout a tall stack of cardboard.
It's almost painful to hear Sir Terry's voice in this dreadful book; he does have a dark side, and I much prefer his Discworld series to his juvenilia, but this simply can't have had much of his input.
An amazing concept of endless parallel worlds in which some humans can just step somehow devolved into this depressing mess, and concur completely with previous reviewers that the entire first half is redundant.
One of the many wonderful things about Sir T is his basic love of humanity, that no matter how far down we dig ourselves, there is always a hero, a Vimes or Sybil or Librarian with a handy ladder, but there is little such joy in this book; although there are glimpses with the cannonball bird and the frisbee octopus which alas are catalogued and listed instead of joyfully embraced and described, and instead of the possibility of freedom, we have female victims, HAL and 2001, weed addicts, and terra-ism.
In my hope for a happy ending, I could hardly wait for it to be over; how sad, and in so many senses and worlds.
If you're looking for a truly Pratchettesque take on evolution, buy 'The Lost Continent'.
Looking forward to Dodger, and won't read the sequel to The Long Earth.

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  • Paul
  • 08/10/2012

You cannot believe how disappointed I was.....

When you see the name Terry Pratchett on a book it defines a quality of the writing, a plot that while left of field is enjoyable and captivating and characters that you end up being really interested in. This book had none of that. The only reason why I finished the story was that I was hopeing that something was going to happen. What a huge disappointment.

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  • Global
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  • David
  • 06/09/2012

delivered to a deadline?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have made it longer and given it a stronger and more definite ending.

What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Narrator took the central character from a late blooming child to a confident young man using only his voice. That added a dimension that would have been harder to evoke from the printed page alone.

Any additional comments?

I was left with the feeling this book was delivered to a deadline rather than remaining in the creative oven long enough to be well baked. It is possible a sequel may have been planned but I'm afraid "the long lead-up" just didn't have a strong enough conclusion to satisfy this listener. I really do wonder if the authors became carried away with a good story and were told it was due at the printers on Thursday.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jarno
  • 20/09/2013

Interesting, but does it deliver?

This is a book with an interesting concept, but ultimately I think that this collaboration was less successful than either author's individual works.

The reason this left me wanting something more is difficult to pin down, but I'll try. Pratchett shines in not only comedy but his depiction of rich, and very human characters. In this story, the most interesting character that showed Pratchett's handiwork was sister Agnes, and she only made an appearance in the recollections and thoughts, and occasional conversation, of the main character. For a Pratchett book, there was a paucity of characters, I felt.

Baxter brings in his works some far-reaching concepts, and the "long earth" certainly qualifies. Yet I find his forays into biology and evolution, while interesting, often stretching plausibility beyond a breaking point - here too it seems to be the case that some of the biological entities, especially the singular one revealed near the end, don't really have a plausible evolutionary path to get to where they are. As somewhat of a biology-geek, this tends to nag me.

There is little in the way of Pratchett's usual humor - which is not automatically a negative, since this story is not in the same genre as Pratchett's other works. Yet what confuses the reader is that there clearly are hints that the story might go in a humorous direction, especially early on, and then that expectation is let down by nothing very funny happening.

With all these negatives, you might think I didn't like the book, which isn't quite true. I think it is a flawed book, but it did maintain my interest enough for me to have just bought the sequel - I do want to learn how the story ends. Ultimately, that's why the four stars.

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  • Global
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  • Mrs
  • 02/05/2013

Disappointing and Boring Mishmash

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less vomit,fewer characters,tighter editing-there was too much repetition involving the air ship's journey through the various earths.It was boring

What could Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A decent ending would have helped.Less negativity and a more comprehensible plot.Terry Pratchett always ties together any loose ends leaving the reader feeling satisfied,this novel failed to do that in fact it did the reverse.

What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michael's rendition was excellent and was the one satifying element.

What character would you cut from The Long Earth?

Too many to mention-many did not add anything to the story.

Any additional comments?

A very unsatisfying experience.I would not read another co-authored book by these two again.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • 1/2DHsquared
  • 31/01/2013

Not enough Pratchett-isms

What did you like best about The Long Earth? What did you like least?

It's a good way to preview a new storyline, and if you don't like it you can return it.

I didn't like how it ended so abruptly, with so many loose ends.

Would you recommend The Long Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't recommend it to Pratchett fans, but Sci-Fi fans may find the premise interesting, if they can get past some of the oddities of the presentation.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration set the pace of the story. A bit monotonous in places.

Did The Long Earth inspire you to do anything?

Only to consider re-gifting the hardcover book that was given to me for Xmas.

Any additional comments?

This book definitely suggests to me that it is an opening story for a whole new storyline/multiverse in which Terry Pratchett can participate in without needing him to carry that much of the load. Some of his humor shone through, but the story was not compelling or that memorable to me. I was disappointed with it.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Gudmundur
  • 16/10/2016

It's okay

I'm not a big fan of multiple protagonists. But it was okay. I enjoyed Sally.

  • Global
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  • Clive Byerley
  • 05/10/2016

Tedious Crap

Idea starts off okay but then the tedium sets in!! If you are stranded on a desert island maybe this will save your sanity; failing that give it a wide birth!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Constanze
  • 24/09/2012

Großes Kino!

Die Entdeckung vom "Stepping", dem einfachen Hinübertreten in eine endlose Reihe noch unbewohnter? paralleler Erden mithilfe von kleinen Kästen aus Holz, ein bißchen Draht, einem Schalter, -und einer Kartoffel, für die Energie! - führt zu einer neuen, weltweiten Völkerwanderung.
Wir folgen Joshua, einem geborenen Stepper, der zum Bereisen der Erdenreihe nicht mal das alberne Kästchen braucht - und Lapsang, einer Menschenseele in Supercomputerform, der Joshua und seine speziellen Talente für eine Entdeckungsreise mit unbekanntem Ausgang rekrutiert...
Die besten Geschichten, so wie diese hier, haben eine einfache Idee im Kern, die sich quasi von selbst erzählt, wenn man sie nur ernst genug nimmt. Pratchett&Baxter tun weit mehr als das, und entwerfen hier einen irrwitzigen Fantasy-Road-Movie in dem Jules Verne Platz haben, Nonnen mit Meat Loaf-Verehrung, Carl Sagan und Kapitalismuskritik, Androiden und Anthroposophie, Siedler-Folklore und Naturschutz-Doku. Und again, get this: Nonnen. Die Meat Loaf anbeten.

Der Sprecher ist perfekt besetzt, eine warme, klare Stimme, deren Cleverness dem ständig aufblitzenden Humor genau den richtigen Rahmen gibt - und mühelos zwischen Kinderstimmen, Computerpersönlichkeiten, verschiedenen Dialekten, jungen und alten Figuren hin-und herspringt.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael
  • 08/02/2018

etwas langatmig

zuwenig terry pratchett um humor und handlung am leben zu erhalten.
ganz ok, aber kein meisterwerk

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Gamingpower
  • 10/08/2016

Not as good as the Discworlde

No issues with the audio adaption but the book itself not what I expected having read all the discworld novels

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • egghunter
  • 10/06/2016

Nicht so maßlos spannend

Es plätschert so dahin, ohne Höhen und Tiefen. Bin sonst von Terry Pratchet anderes gewohnt.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Verena
  • 27/01/2016

Science Fiction that works great as an Audiobook

Really enjoyed it. The female and all American voices go a bit overboard, but I love how he does Lobsang! Works well as an Audiobook as not too many elaborations (as sometimes in SciFi)

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • 2005moppel
  • 11/08/2012

Irgendwie enttäuschend

Enttäuschend, weil die Ideen, die die Geschichte tragen, schon besser in anderen Büchern verarbeitet wurde. Da ist vor allem Das Magische Messer von P. Pullman, was den Übergang zwischen den Welten angeht. Die Geschichte der beiden Hauptpersonen ist relativ spannungslos, und dass eine Art Raumschiff sich in einer menschlichen Form seinem Passagier präsentiert kennen wir leider auch origineller aus Star Trek. Dazu kommt die dick vorgetragene Moral der Geschichte (bitte niemanden ausgrenzen, nur weil er anders ist) - nein, eigentlich sind sogar zwei Sterne noch zuviel. Von Terry Pratchetts Humor blitzt leider fast nichts durch. Aber gelesen wurde es gut von M.F. Stevens.

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